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This front matter section of this book titled Local Religion in North China in the Twentieth Century contains the table of contents, a preface and the foreword. The book focuses on Chinese communal religious traditions in the northern provinces of Hebei, Henan, Shaanxi, Shandong, and Shanxi, particularly as they are documented for the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book begins with a detailed example of the organization and process of a community rain-seeking ritual. Next is a discussion of the historical origins and development of local community rituals, then a chapter on their leadership and organization. Then comes the discussion of temple festivals themselves, their preparation, planning and organization, leaders and participants, and the kinds of family and personal rituals associated with them.

Keywords: community rituals; local religion; North China; religious traditions



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